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‘Are These People Funny?’ President Trump Offers Reviews of Late-Night TV Hosts at Rally

The back and forth between Jimmy Fallon and President Donald Trump is anything but over.

Following Fallon’s apology for his 2016 interview with the then-Republican candidate, Trump made time during Monday’s campaign rally in West Columbia, S.C. to take another shot at Fallon – and the other hosts of late-night television.

“Did you see Jimmy Fallon?” Trump asked the crowd, who booed at the The Tonight Show host’s name. “Jimmy Fallon… The guy screws up my hair, going back and forth… He was so disappointed to find out it was real. He couldn’t believe it.”

Fallon’s feelings on ruffling Trump’s hair were not lost on Trump himself, who tweeted on Sunday that Jimmy Fallon was “now whimpering to all” about the “famous ‘hair show’” and called on the comedian to “be a man.”

Later that Monday night, Jimmy Fallon responded to Trump’s Twitter barb with a monologue, where he wondered if the President had better things to do than take a swing at him on social media.

After attacking Fallon at the South Carolina rally, which was meant to support Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, Trump continued his tour of other late night hosts that annoy him, doubling down on his thoughts on Stephen Colbert.

“The guy on CBS, what a lowlife. I mean, honestly, are these people funny? I can laugh at myself,” he said after bemoaning the lack of Johnny Carson-level talent on TV.

Trump also worked in a jab at Jimmy Kimmel, saying he said has “no talent.” He ruled out any future appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he has also appeared.

“Now I wouldn’t do his show. That guy’s terrible,” he said. But Fallon isn’t completely out of the President’s good graces, as Trump made a point of calling him “a nice guy,” though he did add that “he looks like a lost soul.”

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Yelp bars teacher after her third-graders post restaurant reviews

Yelp is shutting down accounts used by a Boston teacher to post rave restaurant reviews written by her third-grade students. The reviews were part of an assignment designed to teach students at the Boston Teachers Union School about opinion writing. They described some restaurants glowingly with praise such as, “Prepare for your taste buds to…
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Tool of the Trade: When to Trust Online Reviews (Fakespot Review)

when to trust online reviewsI sometimes wonder, “What would I do without online reviews?” because I rely on them so much (for example, as a very frequent Amazon Prime user). When I’m looking for a new bra or shoes or a flash drive or a book (ha, remember when Amazon was about books?), I note the average rating and often read a few of the reviews. At Amazon, I’ll often use “4 stars & up” as a search filter. Recently, I was looking for something for undereye circles, and besides the usual suspects, my search turned up a bunch of products from brands I’ve never heard of — and they had thousands of positive reviews. (Some of the products appeared to be the same ones as others sold under different names, which seemed like a red flag). Around the same time, I came across a site called Fakespot, which proposes to solve the problem of how to spot fake reviews on Amazon and other sites. It quickly analyzes online reviews for Amazon, Yelp, TripAdvisor (especially relevant after its recent controversy), and Apple’s App Store, and grades each one from A–F. A indicates 90%+ reliable reviews and reviewers. After it takes into the account the real vs. questionable reviews for a particular product you enter, Fakespot gives you an “adjusted rating.”

I tested out Fakespot for a few of those eye serums I saw and got some interesting results regarding when to trust online reviews for beauty products:

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  • Pure Biology “Total Eye” – 4.3 rating from 2,997 reviews. Fakespot grade: D — “49.0% of the reviews are reliable.”
  • Organys Rejuvenating Eye Formula — 4.5 rating from 2,475 reviews. Fakespot grade: C — “Our analysis detected
    25.0% low quality reviews.”
  • Baebody Eye Gel – 4.1 rating from 12,860 reviews. Fakespot grade: B. — “Our analysis detected over 80% high quality reviews.”

Compare those results to a review from a more reputable, mainstream brand, Maybelline, whose very popular Instant Age Rewind Concealer has a 4.1 rating on Amazon from 4,124 reviews. Fakespot gave the reviews an A grade and reported, “Our analysis detected over 90% high quality reviews.” (I actually bought the concealer a few months ago and wasn’t a big fan — FWIW, I’ve had better luck with Urban Decay — but it’s hugely popular and people love it, so YMMV.)

As one more experiment, today I checked on the TripAdvisor reviews for a family resort we’ve visited a few times (it has 7,000 reviews) and Fakespot said, “Oh! This is something we haven’t analyzed yet, please wait” and then eventually gave me a server error. The second time, it seemed to be analyzing the reviews for several minutes and … never stopped. Still, as someone who shops online far more than in brick & mortar stores, I’m so glad a tool like this exists.

How do you know how to trust online reviews? Do you use online reviews a lot when you’re making shopping decisions? Do you ever write online reviews yourself? How useful do you find it when a site like Rent the Runway, ModCloth, and Sephora (and Amazon) include customers’ own images on product pages? 

Online shoppers constantly wonder when to trust online reviews--so our editor tried Fakespot, a new tool to spot fake reviews on Amazon, Yelp, Tripadvisor and beyond. Great online shopping advice!

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Everlane’s New Ballet Flats Already Have 100 Rave Reviews

In its quest to create the best version of simple classics, Everlane is back again with its Day Glove flats. A sleek, fitted spin on a classic ballet flat, these shoes are made with a rubber sole and an Italian leather body intended to offer a polished shoe you can run around in all day. But rather than just list off what the shoes are intended for, Everlane wanted to tap its community. Before the launch, the brand asked 100 women to test the flats for two weeks and share their honest reviews.

“It was insanely comfortable all day and maybe the only shoe I haven’t immediately kicked off when I got home,” one reviewer noted. Another shared, “I have high arches and narrow feet, so flat shoes can be tricky for me. Straight out of the box, these shoes were very comfortable, and I could walk around in them all day without the slightest discomfort.” And before you doubt that the testers did enough walking to truly get a feel, many noted that they logged over 8000 steps a day while still finding them comfortable. Read on for a look at how a few of those testing the shoes styled them and shop them for yourself too.

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Buying a Car From CarMax? Read These Honest Customer Reviews First

When I upgraded my tiny green 2012 Mazda 2 hatchback to a larger Subaru Outback to accommodate my child and her immense amount of stuff, I decided to check out CarMax to sell my car rather than trade it in at the dealer.

I’d dealt with that whole trade-in thing before, and I honestly felt like I’d been screwed over when I saw my former car for sale for a whopping $ 5,000 more than the dealer had given me for it.

So off I trekked to CarMax, mostly just to see what they would offer me. Kelley Blue Book told me my car was worth anywhere from $ 6,000 as a trade-in to $ 8,000 via a private seller.

At CarMax, I was able to get $ 7,000 for my car, which I received immediately by check. I cashed the check and used it as part of the down-payment for my new, family-friendly car.

My personal experience with CarMax is fairly limited, though it’s good. I didn’t have to wait long, and I got what I thought was a fair price for my car. But the one thing I didn’t do — buy a car — is the main reason most people go to CarMax.

This nationwide retailer prides itself on its no-haggle pricing — a feature that’s very attractive if you’ve ever bought a car from a dealership, where haggling often comes with the territory.

I talked with two customers to get a feel for the buying side of the CarMax experience. Here’s what they had to say.

The Good

Susan Hickey, a physical therapist from Dayton, Ohio, had a great experience at CarMax and says she would definitely buy from them again.

“We found the exact car we were looking for online, and we definitely liked the no-haggle thing,” she says. “We walked in and told them what we wanted. Turns out they had the same model but with fewer miles at their store in northwest Indiana for the same price.” Hickey paid a fee of about $ 200 to have it delivered to a local CarMax.

It only took a couple of days for Hickey’s car to arrive. Her salesman at CarMax called to let her know it was there, and she went in to test drive it with her husband. It was exactly what they wanted, so they signed the paperwork right there and drove home in their new family vehicle.

“It was so easy,” she says. “There was no stress, no pressure to try to ‘beat the offer. I know that hasn’t been everyone’s experience, but I would definitely do it again.”

The Bad

Just like any car dealership, CarMax has customers who had negative experiences during the car-buying process. One customer, Andréa Van Sickle, a work-from-home mom living in Dayton, told me her story, which was a stressful experience for her family from start to finish.

Van Sickle says she was at the end of her pregnancy and desperate. She and her husband needed a new car for their growing family, and CarMax seemed like the best place to find what they were looking for. However, Van Sickle felt the salesman used their desperation to sell them an overpriced car that ended up having multiple issues.

“There were red flags with the car that we overlooked because of the stress in our lives at that time,” says Van Sickle. “We had issues right away with the car that they ‘fixed,’ or told us wasn’t a concern.”

One of these issues was a revving sound when the car went downhill, which CarMax claimed they didn’t hear and therefore couldn’t fix. Another issue was that the seat belts wouldn’t retract. CarMax claimed to have fixed it but Van Sickle still has issues with the driver seat belt, which gets stuck in the door frequently.

“When we bought it in again later they told us it was our responsibility, even though we had the coverage plan with them,” she says. “Since then, we have had nonstop issues with the sensors in the car as well as recurring issues with the catalytic converter. In hindsight, I should have taken it back for a refund within the first 30 days when the minor symptoms first presented themselves.”

“I love the car, when it works,” says Van Sickle. “But we definitely feel like we were taken for a ride. What we owe now on the car is way more than what it would ever sell for.”

Even though Van Sickle’s experience was a negative one, she won’t rule out shopping at CarMax again.

“I would just be more vigilant about making sure the car is in good shape by getting a third party to evaluate its condition within the first 30 days and knowing the value of the car I’m looking to purchase before agreeing on a price,” she says.

It Comes Down to Your Local CarMax

CarMax has 191 stores located across the U.S., according to its website. As with any dealership, your experience will likely depend on the sales representatives at your local store.

Before you commit to buy, read some reviews online of your nearest CarMax to see if they are overwhelmingly positive or negative.

Even if your local store comes recommended by most reviewers, you should follow your gut when it comes to whether you want to buy there or not. Shop various used cars at local dealerships as well to see if CarMax truly has the best deal.

When you test drive a car, use your own judgment to determine whether you trust the salesperson or not. You are completely within your rights to ask for a different salesperson if the one you meet gives you a bad feeling.

At the end of the day, when it comes to buying a used car, CarMax might be the best choice for many drivers. With so many stores, you’re likely to find what you want even if it’s located elsewhere, and you can easily get the car shipped to your local store, though you might have to pay an additional fee.

But as with any transaction, you could have a negative experience. If this is the case, ask to speak with the manager at your store and relay your concerns to see what can be done.

Buying a used car doesn’t have to be a stressful experience, whether you choose to buy at CarMax or elsewhere. Before deciding on a dealership, shop around to find the best deal, and don’t be afraid to walk away if necessary.

Catherine Hiles is a writer and editor living in Dayton, Ohio. Although she has never bought at CarMax, it remains a possibility should she ever need to replace her beloved Subaru.

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Trump infrastructure plan would speed up pipelines, cut environmental reviews

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal released on Monday would speed up the permitting of U.S. natural gas pipelines, including by cutting Congress out of the process for allowing them to cross national parks.

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‘The Daily Show’ Mocks Fox News’ Fawning Reviews of Trump’s SOTU

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On his live broadcast Tuesday night, Trevor Noah accused Donald Trump of pulling an “All Lives Matter” on the DREAMers. Tonight, he dedicated the first part of The Daily Show to picking apart Fox News’ response to the president’s first State of the Union address.

“The totally objective reviews are in and it was officially the most bestest,” Noah said, before playing a montage of Fox personalities praising the speech.

Sean Hannity called it “probably, by far the best speech he ever gave,” while the hosts of Fox & Friends lauded Trump for using the word “America” a whopping 82 times in the 90-minute address.

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10 baby basics with hundreds of 5-star reviews on Amazon


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Sometimes we buy stuff by friend word-of-mouth — and sometimes we use online reviews alone to pick out the best model. We crowd-sourced Amazon’s baby department to find out what basic baby products had the most positive reviews — here they are.

1. Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat

Number of 5-star reviews: 1,324

People say about this booster: “It was easy to use at my house, to take it to restaurants…camping, to friends houses, etc. and it was easy to carry and really takes very little room in the car.” “Love this little seat! It is adjustable for all sized babies. It’s easy to clean.” “I love that this is dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean. Also, you can adjust the height (three height options), so it works with just about any table.”

Buy it: $ 35

2. Philips Avent Classic Plus Baby Bottles

Number of 5-star reviews: 421

Fans say: “The measurements on the side are easy to read. The lids stay on well.” “Great and simple. Love these bottles because you only need to wash 3 parts.” “I actually think [my baby] hiccuped less with these than the other ‘high-tech’ bottles that have more (unnecessary) components that are just more difficult to keep clean. These are much simpler to use as well. Which, at 3 a.m., when you have a hungry baby, it is really nice to only have to put together a top & bottom and not have to search for a bunch of pieces that never seem to be around when needed.”

Buy it: $ 50 for a 5-pack

3. BOB Revolution SE Single Stroller

Number of 5-star reviews: 587

Lovers of this stroller say: “Don’t go cheap, if you’re a long distance runner. I can do five miles with this thing, and my daughter doesn’t complain.” “It is a big investment, but it will last, and surprisingly, they have a pretty good resell value should you need to upgrade to the double version!” “This thing is a tank. We have been using and ABUSING this stroller for the past 3 years….We take this on hikes, across the beach, runs, load it full of stuff we don’t want to carry, and sometimes we put the baby in it. If you are active this stroller is worth every penny.”

Buy it: $ 578

4. Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

Number of 5-star reviews: 1,526

This lightweight stroller has legions of online fans, who say: “This is also incredibly comfortable for such a lightweight and compact stroller. The seat is nicely padded and FULLY RECLINES. This is such a unique feature for a stroller like this.” “This stroller folds and unfolds easily, even while I hold my toddler, and is easy to manage for grandparents and babysitters….I have a compact sedan and this stroller almost always stays in my trunk, taking up little space.” “It had many of the characteristics that I wanted from an ‘umbrella’ type stroller while not sacrificing characteristics that you would want in an every day stroller….padded strap covers, cup holder, storage underneath, reclining seat, foot rest/strap, sun cover, etc.”

Buy it: $ 70

5. Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat

Number of 5-star reviews: 342

This infant car seat is beloved by parents who say: “Totally worth the money to buy an infant seat instead of a convertible one for the first few months. Just drop the carseat into the base and make sure it clicks/secures well. No messing with seatbelts/hooks each time you need to remove it. And the base is cheap enough the grandparents can just keep their own.” “Awesome, safe, well built, easy to use/install.” “This car seat is so light and easy to carry.”

Buy it: $ 106

6. Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat

Number of 5-star reviews: $ 1,798

This bargain convertible seat is super-popular with parents, who say “Attention to those who travel!!!! Especially those Mom’s and Dad’s who have to lug the car seat from the rental car/limousine, through the airport and then install it in an airline seat. THIS IS THE SEAT TO BUY!!!” “Lightweight, easy to move between vehicles. Sturdy. Easy to adjust straps. Narrower than most convertible carseats on the market so I can fit 2 of these in the back seat of my Honda Civic and still squeeze another person in the middle seat if needed.” “It doesn’t have all the fancy bells and whistles but it’s safe and that’s the most important.”

Buy it: $ 55

7. Ingenuity Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing

Number of 5-star reviews: 345

Parents who like this small-footprint swing say “It appears to be just a swing…BUT…it is actually a secret weapon that renders infants powerless, and against their will, they have no choice but to sleep. Easy to assemble, works even better than expected.” “This travel chair was such a life saver when we are out of town.” “This is easy to use very good quality and extremely great price.”

Buy it: $ 51

8. Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker

Number of 5-star reviews: 632

This rocker/bouncer will last your child through several stages, and fans write “It’s light enough to move from room to room for your convenience.” “Very versatile, well-built and lightweight. Could not be more pleased with this product!” “My son and daughter loved this. They would be very entertained for a while in there. Can still use it now as a rocker at 9 months old.”

Buy it: $ 26

9. Baby Ergo Carrier by Cuddlebug

Number of 5-star reviews: 1,020

This relatively new entry in the stretchy wrap baby carrier market has caught on fast with parents, who say “It’s super comfortable! I love that it’s stretchy and cotton. My baby loves it too. When I wear it, I can actually get some things done!” “Works great, my baby loves the CuddleBug and usually falls asleep within minutes.” “This wrap has saved my sanity…I love that it is easy to put on and tie and the price is affordable.”

Buy it: $ 38

10. DaVinci Kalani 4-In-1 Convertible Crib

Number of 5-star reviews: 900

Parents just adore this simple crib that converts into a toddler bed, a day bed, and a full-size bed, writing “Every hole was perfectly aligned, all parts were there….My husband and I assembled in less than an hour working together. Crib is very sturdy too and the color was just what we thought it would be.” “Very nice crib and excellent quality (especially for the price!).” “It has been almost a year since I purchased the crib. It is still in great shape. Looks pretty.”

Buy it: $ 180

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Comic Book Reviews for December 20, 2017

2017 may be winding down, but the comic book industry sure isn’t. This week saw the release of another stellar issue of Batman, the latest chapter of Dark Nights: Metal, and the debuts of Marvel Two-In-One, X-Men: Grand Design, Backways and the relaunched Quantum & Woody.

Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.



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The iPhone X is a breakthrough device, but it’s going to take some getting used to. That’s the initial verdict from tech reviewers who got time to fiddle with Apple’s new flagship smartphone this week ahead of its launch at Apple Stores slated for Friday. The $ 999 phone has a gorgeous screen that’s nevertheless marred…
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Great Reviews of Some Sketchy Hotels

Reginald Edward Morse is the protagonist and narrator of Hotels of North America, Rick Moody’s latest novel. A reviewer for, he is also missing in action, when the book begins. All we have of him—and it’s the bulk of the book—are his reviews, his asides, his ruminations about life. But when Moody went on tour to promote the novel, somehow Morse re-emerged! The entries below, as written by Morse and conveyed to us by Moody, are reviews of all the hotels where Moody stayed on his book tour. Hotels of North America, by the way, is now out in paperback.

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Here’s what happened to all the 1-star reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book


Hillary Clinton’s book came out on Tuesday, but within a day more than 1,500 reviews had come in on Amazon — which feels like an awful lot of speed reading. 

The online critiques for What Happened were either really bad or really good. It was clear very few people were actually reading the book or reviewing it based on its substance. Instead efforts from either supporters or detractors were taking over the review section.

Midday Wednesday 30 percent of more than 700 reviews were one-star. Notice the very skewed spread below. Amazon noticed this trend too, and stepped in to remove “customer reviews that violate our community guidelines,” according to the GuardianRead more…

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Great Reviews of Some Sketchy Hotels

Reginald Edward Morse is the protagonist and narrator of Hotels of North America, Rick Moody’s latest novel. A reviewer for, he is also missing in action, when the book begins. All we have of him—and it’s the bulk of the book—are his reviews, his asides, his ruminations about life. But when Moody went on tour to promote the novel, somehow Morse re-emerged! The entries below, as written by Morse and conveyed to us by Moody, are reviews of all the hotels where Moody stayed on his book tour. Hotels of North America, by the way, is now out in paperback.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Girl Scout Writes Hilariously Honest Reviews For Cookies She’s Selling

Sixth-grader Charlotte McCourt is nothing if not an honest saleswoman.

While selling Girl Scout cookies, the 11-year-old from South Orange, New Jersey emailed some hilariously honest “reviews” of the products to one of her potential buyers. Charlotte’s dad, Sean McCourt, shared the email with television personality Mike Rowe, whose podcast he produces. 

Rowe loved the little girl’s brutal honesty and read the letter out loud for his fans on Facebook.

As Rowe explains in the video, the letter came about after Sean mentioned to Charlotte that his best friend from high school is “very rich.” The enterprising little girl took it upon herself to email the friend to ask if he’d like to buy some cookies or donate a few boxes to men and women serving in the military. 

In her pitch, Charlotte noted that she feels the Girl Scouts organization sometimes use “false advertising” to sell cookies. For the sake of being honest with her clients, she reviewed each type of cookie and assigned ratings on a scale of one to 10.

Though Charlotte praised the “inspired” flavor combination in Thin Mints and the Savannah Smiles “divine taste,” she dismissed Do-si-dos for their “unoriginality” and “blandness” and said Trefoils were “kind of boring.”

In her most scathing review, she wrote that the Toffee-tastic “is a bleak, flavorless gluten-free wasteland. I’m telling you, it is flavorless as dirt.”

Still, the little girl cautioned, “These ratings are only my opinion. Yours may vary.”

Rowe shared a link to Charlotte’s cookie-selling website with his video, which reached over eight million views. 

Following Rowe’s shout-out, Charlotte’s sales skyrocketed, and she quickly surpassed her goal to sell 300 boxes. As of Jan. 27, she’d sold over 11,000.

She sent Rowe a video message updating him on her progress and thanking him and everyone who bought cookies.

As Charlotte noted in her initial email, she’s a member of Troop 22918, “a minuscule but mighty troop of five people.”

With cookie sales like those, “mighty” is certainly accurate.

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Soundcast Reviews: Any Time with Vin Forte & Comedy Film Nerds

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Epi34: I Should Not Have This Power”
[Guest: Daniel Kibblesmith]

Vin Forte snags some very interesting guests for his Any Time with Vin Forte soundcast. Recent examples: Director of Photography for Netflix’ Luke Cage series Manuel Billeter, A Carlin Home Companion author Kelly Carlin, and Brian Stack, a wrier/performer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The current drop, Episode 34, invites in one of Stack’s compadres, Daniel Kibblesmith, a fellow writer on Colbert’s CBS nighttime show.

Kibblesmith describes his interesting path through the comedy writing world, starting out writing funny copy for Groupon before moving onto The Onion, which led to helping to jumpstart the offshoot and equally phony news-based Clickhole website and then BuzzFeed.

Forte starts things off having Kibblesmith get into the surreal experience that was Colbert’s live election night edition on Showtime, where the atmosphere got odder and odder as the results came in and it was becoming clear that Donald Trump was going to be next up in the Big Chair.

There is a lot of delicious delving into the nuts and bolts of Kibblesmith’s philosophy of how “world-building” is an essential nugget to create comedy around. As a guy who has written a lot of easily digestible comedy, Kibblesmith comes across as well-anchored and analytical, with a dry delivery that belies the sorts of laughs his material elicits. He’s even been putting his stamp on a new medium, writing for Valiant comics.

The episode is an entertaining peek behind a number of scenes where comedy is made.

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Epi344: Dr. Strange with Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak (Misery Loves Comedy, Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show) makes a return to Comedy Film Nerds with Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini to join them in discussing and non-spoiling deconstruction of the newest entry into the Marvel movie universe, Dr. Strange.

The show kicks off with a recap of Game 7 of the World Series, as Elwood had been over to Pollak’s house to view the historic occasion, but then the trio quickly wades into the business of the movie at hand. The two hosts enjoyed the movie, including the fact it was shot in 3D (instead of just having 3D tacked onto a 2D movie.) To be clear, Elwood and Mancini wax on about the movie. Pollak abstains, as he’s not only not seen Dr. Strange, but starting from a place where he has little or no knowledge of the Marvel comics and then a dislike for the “Disney-fication” of the properties, he launches in a great rant about how the movies offer little of substance.

He points out that those who are lured in by the visuals-without-heart have been “sucked into the Matrix.” Pollak, having directed films (including this year’s direct-to-Amazon The Late Bloomer, about an adult male who goes through a late puberty due to a medical condition), has become a discriminating consumer of movies. He sounds dismayed as he answers the question, “What’s the last film you through was really great.” He begs for time to think, as he points out that he leaves the theater mostly giving an “It was okay,” summation to films these days.

Pollak’s humor, sharply barbed as ever, really adds to the conversation, continuing on through the show’s trademark look at trailers from upcoming films.

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Soundcasts I’m also listening to this week: Turd Talks — Epi6: Mike Bee; and These United States Stories — Epi19: Koffee Kulture

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In addition to his weekly contributions to This Week In Comedy Podcasts for, Marc Hershon is the host and executive producer of Succotash, The Comedy Soundcast Soundcast, featuring clips from comedy soundcasts (née podcasts) from across the Internet as well as interviews with podcasters, soundcasters, comedians, and assorted show biz folk.

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